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Rajnath rules out alliance with BSP in UP polls

BJP had a tie-up with BSP earlier but has kept the options open for tie-ups in the states going to polls shortly.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 17:08 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

BJP President Rajnath Singh, who has declared his bete noire Kalyan Singh as the party's chief ministerial candidate in the next assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, on Monday ruled out the possibility of any alliance with the BSP.

BJP had a tie-up with BSP earlier but has kept the options open for tie-ups in the states going to polls shortly.

"We are not eager for a tie-up, Why is she so keen?" he asked in an interview when asked about BSP Chief Mayawati's observations in her recent autobiography that she was open to an alliance with the BJP provided it threw out some of its leaders.

While not ruling out any alliance for the upcoming assembly elections in five states including West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, Singh maintained that the party was not making any efforts to woo UPA allies to the NDA fold.

"If anyone wants to come, they are welcome but some of the UPA allies have started realising that NDA was better compared to the Congress-led coalition", he said.

To a question about the recent inclusion of some party leaders in her team by expelled leader Uma Bharti, he merely said, "we have not received any reports from the state units".

Singh said he hoped to complete his visit to several parts of the country by March end. He would be addressing a rally in Raipur on February 18 and in Guwahati on February 19.

Promising a "stormy" Budget Session of Parliament, the BJP Chief said inflation, Quattrocchi, Volcker and the Bihar Assembly dissolution topped the party's agenda.

Seeking to revive Congress President Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin issue, Singh said she may run her party but not the country and that constitutional posts should not be influenced by globalisation.

Refusing to be drawn into the controversy whether his predecessor LK Advani would be the party's Prime Ministerial candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections, he said the party required the "guidance" of both the Leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Singh also declared that he would complete the task of work allocation among the new office bearers and the appointment of Presidents to some state units by February 10.

"The Quattrocchi episode has proved our apprehensions on the foreign origin issue to be true. Even the Prime Minister in his press conference acknowledged the influence of Sonia Gandhi on the UPA Government. Let her run the party but she should have nothing to do with running the country", Singh said.

Asked whether the BJP under him favoured the demand for a law to bar people of foreign origin from occupying high offices, he said, "along with addressing the concerns of national security and economic security, it should be ensured that the process of globalisation does not touch our Constitutional offices".

In pursuance of the party's 'Hindutva' agenda, Singh said he would soon call a meeting of chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to discuss ways and means to identify and extradite Bangladeshi infiltrators from their respective states.

"I will talk to them. We don't want infiltrators to create a demographic imbalance", he asserted.

In the BJP's first comments on the airport modernisation issue, the party Chief said, "it (the bidding process) was short on transparency. If there is no basis (for the charge), why should a party (Reliance) go to court against it?"

Singh said while he would complete the task of work allocation among office bearers and fill up vacancies of Presidents in some state units by February 10, the party would have within a month a new General Secretary (Organisation) in place of Sanjay Joshi, who resigned in the wake of the circulation of CDs showing him in poor light.

Asked about the possibility of Joshi being brought back for the job, the BJP President said, "He himself has declined to accept any post till proved innocent in the case. It would be someone who would not contest the polls and give full time".

To a question about former party Chief M Venkaiah Naidu, who does not figure in the new team, he said, "we will fully utilise his services".

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